Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Melodramatic Mermaids

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Summary:  Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. The water calls to her, draws her in, forces her to sing her deadly song to unsuspecting victims. If she succumbs, she kills. If she doesn't, the pain is unbearable. To keep herself and those she cares about safe, she shuts herself off, refusing to make friends or fall in love-again. Because the last time she fell in love with a boy, he ended up dead.
Then Lexi finds herself torn. Against her better judgement, she's opening up again, falling in love with someone new when she knows she shouldn't. But when she's offered the chance to finally live a normal life, she learns that the price she must pay to be free of her curse is giving him up.

Review: A decent book about sirens with an unnecessary love triangle that served very little purpose in the story.

I haven't read much mermaid fiction, but I enjoy the concept of mermaids and sirens. Plus, Ripple isn't part of a series, which is nice since so many young adult books with any hint of the supernatural are series that have at least three books in the series. I know that Lexi killed the boy she loved, but I don't understand why her friends hated her so much or why she distanced herself from someone. I know it wouldn't have been the easiest situation, but she could have passed the whole thing off an accident.

And why does she suddenly start to fall for Cole? I did like the relationship between the two. It felt real, it was sweet, and had the benefit of starting to heal Lexi. Then comes the love triangle which annoyed me quite a bit since a pathetic plot device was used just to have a love triangle. The ending was very unsatisfying. I honestly feel that this book would have been better as a story about a girl who goes swimming with her boyfriend and he happens to drown so all her friends blame her. Then Cole could come along and start to heal her since she was obviously devastated by what happened.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book big fans of sirens/mermaids and young adult supernatural fiction. 

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